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Georgia Transportation Institute University Transportation Center Volume IV, Issue II | Summer 2011

Contents GTI/UTC Staff Dr. Michael Meyer Director Dr. Michael Hunter Deputy Director Dr. Laurie Garrow Associate Director, Research Susan Sumners Administrative Manager Sarah Banick Editor Brett Lorber Graphic Designer

Statement from the Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Hitting the Road: UTC Works with Local Teachers and High School Students . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Local High School Students Rule the Air! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Building Engineering Achievement through Transportation: A Traffic Engineering Program for High School Students . . . . . . . 8 Dual MCRP + MS/CE Degree Paves the Way to Future Planning Opportunities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 New Course Offers Computing Skills for Engineers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Building Links to the Developing World: A New Frontier . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Kari Watkins Joins the UTC Faculty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Laval Earns NSF CAREER Award . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17

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Educational Outreach

Statement from Dr. Michael Meyer, Director of GTI/UTC The federally sponsored university transportation centers are intended to contribute in three major areas: research / scholarship, technology transfer, and education / professional development. Having attended national meetings over the past several years where center directors have been asked to describe their Dr. Michael Meyer center’s contribution, I have observed that almost all have offered research projects, publications, software, or other products of a research program as evidence of progress. Not in any way diminishing the important contributions that such products make to the profession and the country, it does seem to me that educating the next generation of transportation professionals and decision makers, and providing opportunities for improving skills and expertise of existing professionals, have not been given their fair share of attention. Transportation agencies and transportation systems do not yet run themselves. Having a well-educated and thoughtful cadre of transportation professionals who can lead the profession into the next many decades is an important challenge facing the profession and all levels of government and industry. This newsletter is dedicated to the activities and efforts on the part of GTI/UTC researchers and students to provide the educational and human resource development activities that are having an impact on future transportation professionals (K-12), currently enrolled students, and today’s transportation professionals. I suppose it is difficult to gauge how important this investment in human resource de-

velopment is, because the final determination really cannot occur until far into an individual’s career. In addition, I have heard some suggest that universities would have undertaken such efforts anyway, and that students would have found their way into graduate transportation programs somewhere. I can only use our own example of how this suggestion is wrong. Just in civil engineering (and we have many other excellent transportation-related programs in our Center institutions), our transportation graduate student enrollment more than doubled after we became a university transportation center, with the primary reason being that we could now provide funding for incoming graduate students. The quality of the students has never been higher. Those who have graduated are already making important contributions to the profession and to society. My sense is that the same is true at other UTCs. The UTC program has increased the number of young professionals entering transportation, and I would suggest it has generally increased the quality of these entrants. Would these students have been attracted to some other university programs? Some most likely would have ended up elsewhere. However, the other universities would be limited in their resources as well, and thus not be able to support as many as today. In summary, when looking at the contributions of the UTC program to the transportation profession and to the nation, we need to acknowledge that, although difficult to quantify, this program has had a huge effect on the future human resource capacity of the transportation sector. The articles contained in this newsletter are just a small indication of how UTCs can develop programs and activities that will truly make a difference in the lives of current and future transportation professionals.

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Hitting the Road: UTC Works with Local Teachers and High School Students

Education outreach is an important part of UTC’s mission, and recent activities have earned recognition within Georgia Tech and at the state and national levels. In the past two summers, graduate students under the direction of UTC’s associate director Michael Hunter and associate research director Laurie Garrow have collaborated with the Fulton County School System in an effort to promote science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) achievement in predominately African-American schools in south Fulton County, using transportation engineering as the backdrop for student and teacher programming. Teachers from three Fulton County high schools were hosted in research labs at Georgia Tech during the summer of 2010 as part of the Georgia Intern-Fellowship for Teachers (GIFT) program. These teachers, in partnership with Georgia Tech faculty and graduate students, participated in research projects and designed curriculum activities for high school math and pre-engineering courses


related to traffic modeling and the civil engineering of transportation infrastructure. Both efforts were assisted by Georgia Tech’s Center for Education Integrating Science, Mathematics, and Computing (CEISMC), an organization that partners with educational groups, schools, corporations, and opinion leaders throughout the state of Georgia to ensure that K-12 students are exposed to concepts in science, mathematics, and technology before they graduate and seek their place in the modern world. UTC faculty members Michael Hunter (2008) and Laurie Garrow (2009) have been honored by the Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning (CETL) and BP as recipients of the CETL/BP Junior Faculty Teaching Award. The award highlights the excellent teaching and educational innovation that junior faculty bring to the classroom as they discover new knowledge through their research and choose teaching methods that make that knowledge accessible, applicable, and exciting for students.

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Local High School Students Rule the Air!

A student plays in the flight simulator at the Delta Air Transit Heritage Museum.

Thirteen high school students learned how to reach for the stars – or at least the friendly skies – at the 2011 Rule the Air! Summer Camp. The one-week camp let participants compete against other would-be CEOs in charge of their own complete simulated airline, managing air craft, selecting routes, scheduling flights, and other specific details. Camp participants make real-time decisions using software provided by the airline industry. Known as AIRLINE Online and produced by Simulate! Pty, it runs on a high fidelity realistic simulation platform. “The main focus is around the simulation software,” says doctoral candidate Brittany Luken, who directed the camp with help from CEISMC and other graduate students. “The idea is the student will create and make business and operation decisions for their own airline. They decide everything, from the aircraft they lease or purchase to where and when they are flying and maintaining the aircraft, to setting the fares.” The dynamic

environment lets students compete with each other for the highest profits or highest liquidated value. The participants don’t spend all day working at the computer. They are taught the physics of flight, probability, and gravity; as well as the business end of aviation, including finance, fleet management, marketing and advertising, and how airlines manage the science of booking passengers. With this new information in mind, each student designs a logo for his or her airline and establishes a frequent flyer program. Camp participants took two field trips to learn more about the aviation industry. First, they visited Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and were taken on a tour “backstage,” similar to the one described in the spring edition of this newsletter. The second trip was to the Delta Air Transit Heritage Museum, which chronicles Delta Air Line’s story from its early days in crop dusting through earning its wings as one of the largest airlines in the world.

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The students of the Rule the Air! Summer Camp at the Delta Air Transit Heritage Museum.

On the last day of camp, parents were invited to see the results of the students’ hard work. Parents also participated with the students in a game of Jeopardy!, and learned how to craft paper airplanes. Funding for the 2011 camp came from associate professor Laurie Garrow’s CAREER award, sponsored by NSF. Funding for last year’s camp was part of a Garrett A. Morgan grant from the Federal Highway Administration awarded to Fulton County School District, CEISMC, and CEE. UTC staff would like to acknowledge the many individuals who assisted with this year’s Rule the Air! program: Lauren Jones, Chris Cappelli, Susan Hotle, Dr. Tom Kieker, Margaret-Avis Akofio-Sowah, Stefanie Brody, Moniqua Williams, Ana Eisenman, Elise Barella, JP O’Har, Alex Khelifa, Greg Macfarlane, Dwayne Henclewood, and Simulate! Pty. Ltd. Two students compete in a paper airplane competition that followed a physics lesson on how airplanes fly.


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Students consider strategies for growing their airline using the Simulate! software.

Students work together to correctly order pictures of different modes of transportation after a history lesson.

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Building Engineering Achievement through A Traffic Engineering Program for High School In the summer of 2010, Garrow and Hunter teamed up with CEISMC to offer Beat the Traffic camp, using curriculum developed with GIFT participant and Westlake High School teacher Joseph Konieczny. Doctoral candidate Dwayne Henclewood and Mshadoni Smith (who graduated with her doctoral degree last year) helped direct the camp, which was several years in the making. The week-long BEAT experience was delivered using an interactive three-module approach. The first lesson provides a brief overview of the transportation sector and its evolution and introduces students to the process of initiating, funding, and completing transportation projects in the community. The second lesson tackles the fundamentals of developing signal timing plans for a single intersection. Finally, students are introduced to the coordination concepts involved in programming several intersections. Georgia Department of Transportation loaned traffic signals to the camp. “Once they could touch the things we were teaching them, they became more excited about the concepts,” Henclewood acknowledged. “Some of the kids didn’t have their driver’s license, so we help them with that basic knowledge in order to complete the challenges,” he added. Using SYNCHRO + SimTraffic, a traffic timing optimization and simulation package, students learn to visualize how the timing of traffic signals in a corridor affects the ability of vehicles to travel through the corridor without encountering a red light. Evaluations showed that the camp was very effective in increasing the students’ awareness of transportation engineering, helping students understand how transportation engineering research relates to the real world, and helping students understand career opportunities in transportation engineering. Henclewood says that just being at Georgia Tech is a heady experience for students. “Being on the Georgia Tech campus helps them feel they do belong here,” he says. “They think ‘I can do this. I can be successful.’” The original concept for BEAT was developed as part of a Garrett A. Morgan grant from the Federal Highway Ad-


ministration. A paper, outlying the curriculum developed for the camp, won a regional award from the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) and was a finalist at the national meeting. The authors are Dwayne Henclewood, Mshadoni Smith, Laurie Garrow, Angshuman Guin, Michael Hunter, and Marion Usselman. To plan the curriculum, Konieczny and other GIFT teachers participated in research projects and designed curriculum activities for high school math and pre-engineering courses related to traffic modeling and the civil engineering of transportation infrastructure. Konieczny had worked with Hunter and doctoral students Tom Wall and Dwayne Henclewood, laying the foundation for a four-week Transportation Engineering unit in Konieczny’s Engineering Concepts class. This collaborative effort also involved engineering firm Kimley-Horn and Associates (KHA). KHA representative Cristina Pastore (a former student of Hunter) introduced students to the field of transportation engineering and announced their first major project. Using data collected by KHA, students created a traffic management plan for a school sporting event. Their final work was assessed by UTC and KHA representatives. Joining Konieczny in Hunter’s lab that first summer was two of Konieczny’s students, then-high school seniors Abdul Leite and Joshua Sherman. For six weeks, the pair collected data for a heavily traveled, five-intersection corridor on 10th Street near Georgia Tech. Creating a computer simulation model, they compared coordinated versus uncoordinated signal timing. Leite and Sherman submitted their summer research, “The Effect of Signal Timing Optimization on Traffic Flow,” in the 2011 Greenbrier Mall science fair, garnering a first place finish in the Engineering category, and took home second place at the Fulton County science fair in the category of Energy and Transportation. The Building Engineering Achievement in Transportation (BEAT) program was funded by the Federal Highway Administration through the Garrett A. Morgan Technology and Transportation Futures program.

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Dual MCRP + MS/CE Degree Paves the Way to Future Planning Opportunities

Georgia Tech was one of the first universities in the country to offer a dual degree program focusing on city planning and transportation systems. The Master of City and Regional Planning (MCRP) and Master of Science with a major in Civil Engineering (MS/CE) degree (Transportation Concentration), established in 1962, has trained several generations to meet the needs of planning agencies and transportation departments. The combination of the two graduate degree programs prepares students for careers influencing public policy and private investment in transportation systems. Such systems, including urban, suburban, exurban and rural highways, railways, public transit, pedestrian and bicycle facilities, rights-of-way, ports, terminals, parking, and intermodal linkages, involve design and policy coordination that benefits from both engineering and planning. Graduates from this program become instrumental in bringing perspectives from one profession into the lexicon and tools of the other profession. Similar programs involving city planning and transportation exist at leading US universities where both planning and civil engineering are taught, including MIT, University of California, Berkeley, Ohio State University, and University of Minnesota (Twin Cities). Laurel Paget-Seekins graduated with the dual degree in 2007, going on to earn her doctorate in civil engineering, specializing in transportation systems, at Georgia Tech in 2010. Paget-Seekins is now a post-doc fellow at the Technical University in Munich, Germany, where she is researching mobility culture in megacities. “I work with researchers from the United Kingdom, Germany, Brazil, South Africa, China, and India with backgrounds in history, architecture/ urban design, geography, policy/planning, industrial engineering, and civil engineering,” she says.


“Having completed the dual degree program helps me in this interdisciplinary setting,” she continues. “I believe the future of transportation research lies in interdisciplinary approaches, as really innovative solutions are required to solve the key transportation challenges we face.” Paget-Seekins also serves as a technical advisor to the Partnership for Southern Equity, conducting research and preparing policy documents for the non-profit advocacy organization, which works to increase equity in transportation investments in the Atlanta metropolitan region. In the past, she has served as a planner for UrbanTrans Consultant, an Atlanta firm that provides technical assistance to local governments and transportation management associations. “The dual degree program was an excellent opportunity,” says Paget-Seekins. “I was able to take advantage of the best of what both the city and regional planning and civil engineering had to offer, while combining the basic requirements for both degrees.” The program is administered jointly by the School of City and Regional Planning and the School of Civil Engineering. Bruce Stiftel, chair of the School of City and Regional Planning, in the College of Architecture, says it prepares its graduates for an evolving and challenging future. “The dual MCRP + MS/CE program has attracted some of the best students among our MCRP applicants. They often go on to hold truly influential positions in industry and government,” Stiftel says. “I think the combination of planning and engineering helps graduates to see the full picture of transportation policy, design, and operations, especially when it comes to multi-objective issues such as modal split, the relation of transportation to land use, environmental consequences of construction, and the impact of roads on neighborhoods. With growing concern over active lifestyles and relation to public health, the transportation-land use nexus is only becoming more important. Our dual degree graduates will have vision to guide such changes.”

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New Course Offers Computing Skills for Engineers

Research in engineering or the sciences is increasingly conducted through the use of computer systems. But many engineering students go through their educational program without any formal training in computer science. Beginning this fall semester, graduate and senior level undergraduate transportation students can enroll in a new experimental course, “Computational Problem Solving for Scientists and Engineers,” designed to augment their education with knowledge and skills in the computing field. The course will be led by professors Edmond Chow and Richard Fujimoto, chair of the School of Computational Science and Engineering (CSE). Associate professor Michael Hunter says it will be of great value to transportation students. “With the ever increasing technology and computing complexity, this program will allow for students to create a skill set with both the computational ability and application area knowledge necessary to lead the development of a future smart and sustainable transportation system.” The new course is a step toward establishing an undergraduate minor in computational science, which will be jointly offered by the colleges of Computing, Engineering, and Sciences. Faculty from these programs worked collaboratively to develop a proposal that must be

approved at the institutional level and then the Georgia Board of Regents. In addition to the transportation program and the School of Civil Engineering, there is participation from nearly all schools in the colleges or Science and Engineering. A similar program, approved in 2007, already exists for graduate students. “We want to take these students who have not had formal training in computing and give them the underlying knowledge in software programming, algorithms, and data structures so that they have the ability to solve problems that commonly arise,” says Fujimoto. “We will use a problem-based learning approach, structuring the course as a sequence of four or five segments. In each segment we pose multiple problems in engineering and science, and the students learn the computing skills they need to solve these types of problems.” There are no specific prerequisites, Fujimoto says. “We assume the students have had experience using computing software such as MATLAB and have covered basic programming concepts in that context or an equivalent. We also assume the students have an engineering or science background (senior standing) and have taken calculus.”

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Building Links Associate professor Adjo Amekudzi is working to secure the relationships needed for a long-term program that will link Georgia Tech and the College of Civil and Environmental Engineering with sustainable transportation development in the Republic of Ghana. Ghana is a nation with 24 million people, located on the Gulf of Guinea. The former British colony declared independence in 1957. Amekudzi was born and raised in Ghana where she completed her primary and secondary education. Amekudzi went on a faculty development visit to the Western African country in 2011 to learn more about the infrastructure issues facing the developing country’s transportation network and related educational programs and establish important relationships. She was hosted by Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technol-


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ogy (KNUST), in Kumasi, a premier engineering institution in Sub-Saharan Africa, with more than 26,000 students. KNUST’s Road and Transportation Engineering Program, a joint program with the University of Birmingham, is the first master’s level transportation engineering program in the country. While at KNUST, Amekudzi’s tasks included assisting with the review of the M.S. transportation curriculum, delivering lectures and seminars, learning about the critical priorities at KNUST and in Ghana, and making connections with key individuals and organizations. She was later joined by a delegation from Georgia Tech, including UTC director and Frederick Dickerson Chair Mike Meyer, two students from his research group, John P. O’Har and Jacob Tzegzegbe; four students from Amekudzi’s Infra-

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World: A New Frontier

structure Research Group: Elise Barrella, Jamie Fischer, Stefanie Brodie, and Emma Bones. “A good number of these students are working on infrastructure development, asset management, sustainable development, and related issues,” says Amekudzi. The delegation’s visit included seminars at KNUST in Kumasi, a seminar to the Ghana Institute of Engineers in Accra, and several meetings to build relationships for joint research, e.g., with the Center for Urban Transport and Institute for Logistics and Transport. In addition, the group toured selected historic sites to develop a better understanding of the culture and history of Ghana. Driving from Accra, the capital city, to Kumasi, they were able to get a feel for intracity and intercity transportation, the need for improved mobility in the larger cities

such as Accra and Kumasi, and the need for improved intercity infrastructure linking smaller towns. The return trip to Accra was routed through Cape Coast, one of the historic towns on the coast. The coast has numerous castles and forts, some dating back to the fifteenth century, which were originally built by various European nations and used for the slave trade. “We visited one of castles, which was a moving experience for everyone in the group,” says Amekudzi. “We also visited the National Arts Center, where there are a wide range of cultural artifacts for sale, everyone can get a taste of bargaining, and we sampled a variety of Ghanaian dishes.” “The interaction of the KNUST students with Georgia Tech students demonstrated that both groups have something valuable in common. A good number of them will be

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tomorrow’s engineering leaders in academic, consultancy, and government settings in the United States and Africa,” she added. The group also met with government officials and private consultants that have a stake in moving Ghana’s transportation systems forward. Amekudzi’s return to Ghana this year had a specific purpose – to develop a long-term research and educational initiative between Georgia Tech and KNUST that advances the interests of both partners. It is expected that much new infrastructure built in the next century will be built in developing regions, by engineers who have been trained in developed and developing countries. To successfully partner with local and foreign consultancies, these engineers must understand the cultural contexts in both countries. Engineering students from developed countries who visit and learn about the economic, social, and environmental contexts of developing regions can build networks with their peers, professors, consultants, and governmental officials, as well as gain an appreciation of the importance of combining technical knowledge with leadership skills to be more effective in translating engineering principles into long-term sustainable solutions. Students from developing countries benefit by visiting and interacting with students and faculty in universities in developed countries. Together, they can form a network of engineering


leaders that cuts across the academic, private, and public sectors and play important roles in developing sustainable solutions to relevant problems/opportunities. Professors Amekudzi, Meyer, and Reggie Desroches (associate chair and Dean’s Professor who also visited Ghana to develop relationships with experts in Structural/ Earthquake Engineering) are working together with faculty at KNUST on a grant proposal to support the education of such engineer leaders for the built environment. Amekudzi says the vision for the program is to educate and train these engineering leaders with specific master’s or doctorate curriculum involving engineering (disciplinary and systems engineering), leadership (including ethics, communication, and management), and practical experience. These graduates will be available to work in universities and consultancies in Ghana and other parts of Africa, or in the United States with firms doing work on the African continent. “It’s a win-win initiative,” she adds. The program is expected to develop a pipeline of globally competitive engineer/leaders who can lead in both academia and practice in using engineering to provide sustained solutions to development problems. The initiative is being developed with KNUST and Georgia Tech as pilot institutions; however, the project investigators expect to extend this to include other leading universities on both continents.

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Kari Watkins Joins the UTC Faculty Commuters in Seattle find riding King County metro a quick and easy experience, thanks to a University of Washington project known as OneBusAway. The tool, co-founded by Kari Watkins, is an open-source transit traveler information system available via the web, smart phone, or telephone. It gives users more control of their time by providing real-time tracking of buses, route maps and Kari Watkins timetables, a trip planner, service alerts, and other planning tools. The award-winning service boasts more than 50,000 unique weekly users. Watkins returns “home” to Georgia Tech this fall. The newly minted assistant professor earned her bachelor’s degree in civil engineering at Georgia Tech in 1997. She then embarked upon a ten-year career in transportation consulting, primarily working for Wilbur Smith Associates (WSA) out of Connecticut and earning a master’s before moving to the University of Washington to complete her doctorate. Her love for public transportation began as a high school exchange student in Germany, where she witnessed the benefits of a well-planned urban infrastructure: independence for youth and the elderly, cleaner cities, and autofree zones to encourage pedestrians. She still loves to travel and admits to being “a bit of a transit geek,” finding ways to get new places in an unusual manner. Watkins earned her Professional Engineers license at WSA, began to manage million dollar projects, and supervised junior engineers. “I was the multimodal gal at the office,” she says. “I did a lot of pedestrian activities and worked with transit corridors, so I became familiar with transit agencies and how their operations worked.” Her work focused on context-sensitive design, land use transportation interaction, and public transportation. Among her projects were a commuter rail implementation study and a bus rapid transit branding and design study.


At the same time, she began work on a master’s degree in civil engineering at the University of Connecticut. After completing her degree, the school asked her to fill in for faculty members who were on sabbatical. “I fell in love with it,” she says of her teaching debut. “I suddenly decided that this is what I’m supposed to be doing. I wanted to be a professor.” Watkins and her husband, Akwetee, decided that the University of Washington was the best fit for both careers. A mechanical engineer (they met at Georgia Tech), Akwetee worked in the aerospace field. Watkins delved into her passion, public transportation, and the reasons people do or don’t use it regularly, with the ultimate goal of moving individuals toward a more environmentally friendly mode of travel. This included the OneBusAway project http://onebusaway. org/, which received several local awards in Seattle. The project is much more than a bus schedule. “It tells people when the bus is coming,” she says. “You can plan around it -- if you see your bus is 10 minutes late, you know you have time to grab a coffee. It makes it a more reasonable choice for commuters” OneBusAway’s research also studied the barriers to public transportation and how that information could be incorporated into the project. For example, people may not ride the bus because they don’t know how to pay, or they don’t know the routes. “We give them simple types of tools,” says Watkins, adding that these are designed to help riders overcome the psychological barriers to public transportation. Her research at Georgia Tech will expand on her efforts in Seattle -- making transit as user friendly as possible. The family, including two daughters, age five and seven, are happy to be returning to Atlanta. Akwetee, who earned his master’s in teaching to make job searching easier for both of them, will be teaching physics at Westminster School. “Atlanta is where my husband and I met; it’s where I started my career,” she says. “It’s pretty amazing to teach and research at your alma mater.”

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Laval Earns NSF CAREER Award

The UTC family offers its congratulations to assistant professor Jorge Laval for earning a 2011 Faculty Early Development (CAREER) Award from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Laval’s project has received $400,000 to investigate the impact of freeway geometric design on congestion characteristics. Laval’s research examines the relationship between freeway design elements, such as grade and curvature, and traffic congestion characteristics including frequency of stop-and-go motions, hysteresis, and capacity drop. His research group studies vehicle trajectory data to correlate congestion characteristics and individual driver behavior using a combination of numerical simulation and statistical analysis. His goal is to unveil the link between driver behavior and freeway design, and to propose and validate a car-following theory able to capture the findings in the research.

Jorge Laval

“If successful, the results of this research will lead to improved freeway design guidelines, which currently mostly focus on providing adequate capacity. This research goes one step further to unveil the cause-effect relationships

between freeway design and the characteristics of congestion when capacity is surpassed,” says Laval. Ultimately, his research will address questions such as: How should we sign freeways so that, when there is congestion: • The number of acceleration/deceleration maneuvers is minimized. • The bottleneck discharge rate is maximized. • The number of lane-changes is minimized. In turn, these answers will help minimize greenhouse gases, commuter delays, and accidents, and will promote a more sustainable infrastructure system for the future. The research also provides practitioners and researchers with arguably the first traffic flow model capable of capturing complex congestion phenomena, as observed empirically. It will improve the accuracy of existing freeway infrastructure project simulation-based assessments, and allow testing of more efficient congestion control strategies that focus on minimizing emission levels, delays, and accidents. The NSF CAREER program supports junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education, and the integration of education and research within their organizations. Such activities help build a firm foundation for a lifetime of leadership in integrating education and research.

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The University Transportation Center at the Georgia Transportation Institute (UTC/GTI) is committed to developing into a Center of Excellence providing high-quality leadership on research, education, and technology transfer to address issues related to transportation system productivity (including both passenger travel and freight of all modes), economic growth, and finance. UTC/GTI works with local, state and regional agencies to identify research problems that support their needs and identify opportunities for them to advance to the next level. The goals of UTC/GTI are to educate a new generation of students who are well versed in art of multidisciplinary thinking and problem solution and can collaborate effectively in teams to tackle problems with systems dimensions; provide continuing education opportunities to keep practitioners at the cutting edge of systems methodologies and technologies with transportation applications; and provide technology transfer resources to disseminate knowledge.

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